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CNN's Wolf Blitzer gets Howard Sterned

Aug. 24, 2006 at 1:32 PM

NEW YORK, Aug. 24 (UPI) -- A notorious prank caller and Howard Stern fan from North Wales, Pa., managed to get onto CNN's "The Situation Room" and was interviewed about the Ramsey case.

In a live phone interview Tuesday with CNN's Wolf Blitzer, Thomas Cipriano pretended to be Wendy Hutchens, a California woman claiming that five years ago she had detailed chats about the death of JonBenet Ramsey with murder suspect John Mark Karr, the New York Daily News reported Thursday.

"Wendy Hutchens is joining us on the phone right now," Blitzer told viewers. "Wendy, thanks very much for doing this. Tell our viewers how you got involved with John Mark Karr." The fake Wendy then proceeded to explain that she met Karr through a relative.

"So then what happened after that?" Blitzer pressed. "When did the e-mail, when did the talk of JonBenet Ramsey begin?" The fake Wendy replied, "It started around September of 2001, when he told me that he knew more about the JonBenet Ramsey case than what anybody else had known -- and that he was instructed to kill JonBenet by Howard Stern."

At which point Blitzer ended the interview, saying, "All right. Well, that sounds like we've just been Howard Sterned, as they say."

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